20 Oct
State Dept Welcomes Selection of New Iraqi Cabinet Ministers

 Photo credit: VOA News The State Department issued a statement on Saturday congratulating the Iraqi people and their representatives in parliament on the decision to elect seven new cabinet ministers, completely filling the cabinet for the first time since ...

20 Oct
Prosecutor Drops Charges for 53 Defendants Involved in Erdogan Corruption Scandal

Photo Credit: Diepresse On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor dropped charges against 53 defendants involved in a "sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics" and had threatened the government of recently elected ...

20 Oct
U.S. Condemns Ongoing Violence in Libya in Joint Statement with EU members

Photo Credit: al-Ahram France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States issued a joint statement Saturday, condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an "immediate cessation of hostilities." The statement expressed concern for General ...

20 Oct
POMED Notes: “Previewing Tunisia’s Elections”

On Friday, October 17, POMED and the Congressional Tunisia Caucus held a panel discussion titled “Previewing Tunisia’s Elections,” at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill, with opening remarks from his Excellency M’hamed Ezzine Chelaifa, the Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic to the United States. The panelists were Alexis Arieff, Africa Policy Analyst at the Congressional Research Service, Jeffrey England, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa ...

20 Oct
Kuwait Sentences Bin Jassim to one Month Imprisonment; Sparks Reaction from HR Organizations

Photo Credit: Frontline Defenders Human rights defender Sulaiman Bin Jassim was sentenced in Kuwait by the Court of Misdemeanors on October 19 to one month in prison. On April 18, he monitored a political demonstration in the Al-Andalus area of Kuwait City on behalf of the National Committee for Monitoring Violations (NCV), where he worked , "when he was brutally assaulted by two Special Forces officers and shot at with rubber ...

17 Oct
1500 Militants Arrested in Efforts to Secure Upcoming Elections; Ban Ki-Moon Visits Tunisia to Pledge UN Support

Photo Credit: Mosaique FM On October 10 and 11, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon traveled to Tunisia to meet with top Tunisian officials, to “pledge full United Nations support for the North African nation in its forthcoming elections and transition to democracy.”  Ban noted ...

16 Oct
Bahrain Arrests Pro-Democracy Activist Zainab al-Khawaja

Photo Credit: PressTV Human rights and pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested in Bahraini court Tuesday for ripping up a picture of the gulf island's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa during her hearing. al-Khawaja was in court on charges ...

15 Oct
Egypt Sentences Al Jazeera Journalist to 15 Years in Prison

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera Egyptian courts sentenced Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Ahmed Mansour in abstentia to fifteen years imprisonment. The court charged Mansour with torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square during the January 25 uprising in 2011. An Al ...

14 Oct
Bahrain Opposition Parties Refuse to Participate in Upcoming Elections

 Photo Credit: AP Al-Wefaq's Sheik Ali Salman announced that al-Wefaq, along with several other opposition parties, would not be participating in the country's upcoming elections. The announcement followed a unilateral redrawing of Bahrain's electoral districts by the gulf state's ...

14 Oct
Yemeni Prime Minister Appointed, Houthis Approve

Photo Credit: Yemen Times Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi appointed UN Special Envoy Khaled Bahah to the position of Prime Minister yesterday, a week after Houthi rebels in the capital rejected Hadi's first pick for the premiership, Ahmed Awad ...

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